Robert Dohrmann received his MFA in Painting and Drawing in 1992 at Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA. He is currently a Professor of Studio Arts at The University of Oklahoma. His most recent body of works include experimental video shorts and nonlinear interactive web art rooted in remix theory and practice.


If you have any comments or questions regarding the work in his portfolio, feel free to contact him at bobd@ou.edu.

FEATURES:

Designer Insects

The Eagle

Has Landed

Deviant

Americana

Better Living

Through Fear

Public Service Announcements

Time Bombs

The Great

Atomic Power

I Heart U?

> Web art of a fictional biogenetics company poised to improve mankind through advance science.

> Vimeo Page. 11 experimental video shorts> www.vimeo.com

I am essentially a remix and mash up artist. Much like the appropriation artists of the late twentieth century (and going back as far as the DADA artists), I take/borrow/paraphrase useful imagery, stills and video from the NASA web site, genetic-based imagery and mid-century ephemeral industrial films for example, recontextualize them, combine them with my own imagery, and re-distribute a finished work through time-based digital programs. In combination with this visual structure, the same strategy is applied in the audio portions of the videos. With deep roots in handmade books and the cut-and-paste tactics of the punk rock, do-it-yourself ethos, I freely find, clip and remediate the electronic landscape of my history and popular culture with thoughtful purpose. All of my works draw on an array of inspired American iconography to evoke viewer response to the above concepts. These culture-specific signifiers tend to impart a personal conviction as well as a familiarity to a wide audience. This verbal structure offers the viewer an index helping to illuminate or depict the meaning of the work. If my images do not appear to make sense at first, the relationships between them are nourished, perhaps even subliminally, and result in multiple layers of meaning when I am finally able to execute them effectively.


> “Real white people, not actors.” Latest video completed late 2016. The Great White American Home Movie. A remix of amateur home movies set the table for the dysfunction and indisposition of the “perfect” caucasian family (i.e. perfect “on camera”).

Robert Dohrmann

Remix / DIY Artist-Human